Post Reply Group Review: Sekko Boys
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Posted 3/16/16
Written by: Eclipsed_Oblivion

Anime shorts often go unnoticed compared to full-length series, but Sekko Boys is breaking down this barrier by capitalizing on its short format. The foundation for this is its absolutely silly premise; the concept of a boyband consisting of statues challenges how far one is wiling to suspend their disbelief, which makes for a hilarious show that benefits from its eight minute episodes — any longer and it would become too absurd. The fact that these statues also look realistic juxtaposes with the anime-style quality of the rest of the show, which is made clear in how the statues’ stoic, unchanging expressions still display emotions through exaggerated symbols, such as sweat drops or enormous tears overflowing from their eyes. This coincides with how Sekko Boys attempts to reconcile the statues’ idol personalities with the contradictory histories of those the sculptures are based on, which leads to hilarious results. All of this makes for an entertaining series that should be embraced, not rejected, for its shorter running time.

Despite how entertaining the series is, Sekko Boys does have its faults, the main ones being its logical inconsistencies. This may sound inconsequential considering that the show’s premise itself is nonsensical, but some of the events in the story are actually impossible within the framework the series provides. This can be distracting at times, but due to the comedic nature of the series, they can usually go undetected. Sekko Boys is not so much about a sound story and complex plot, but laughter and having a good time, and sometimes silly entertainment like this is all we need.

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Written by: edsamac

Okay, that was really weird. So weird that I'm at a loss for words. I've said time and again that the Japanese can make any topic interesting, and I meant it. So along comes Sekkou Boys and I learn that they don't just make ANY topic interesting... they go ahead and burn down the friggin' Roman Empire.

Sekkou Boys is as pointless as it is ridiculous, but that's precisely why it's fun. It doesn't need any explanation for itself - it is what it is and it has no excuses for it. Although the comedic lines can be a little lackluster at times, the shows overall appeal as a comedy actually works thanks to the effective use of dialogue and expression marks on top of the otherwise unchanging faces of those Hellenistic/Renaissance sculptures. And such an effect wouldn't have been possible if not for the show's roster of well-known voice actors, which include Daisuke Ono (Koziumi from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Jun Fukuyama (Kraft Lawrence from Spice and Wolf), and Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon from Melancholoy of Haruhi Suzumiya). For an eight minute show, it sure has a hefty cast under its belt!

In a metaphorical sense, however, I feel that the show parodies much of the ironies in life, itself. Ishimoto had always hated statues back from her days in art school. On top of this, the uncompromising world of art - as rigid as a statue - motivated her to escape it all and enter a totally different field altogether: show business. Little did she know that she would eventually end up managing the very thing she tried to run away from in the first place: a bunch of statues -- but more than that -- statues posing as idols. Talk about ironic.

But this type of irony is actually the bare bones of comedy. Ishimoto's tragic career path gives this show its comedic fodder at the start (her name ironically has the word "stone" in it), but despite this she goes ahead and does her job, anyway. In fact if I didn't know any better, I'd say she's actually enjoying herself as the season moves along. And this type of subtle character direction makes me wonder if the show could actually be more than just a short comedic strip. I'm probably injecting more substance than warranted at this point, but I can't help but feel that the ideas of irony and the rigidness of industry and the rock statues we have to bear just for the sake of achieving the status quo make the series a little more relatable than at first glances.

In the end, Sekkou Boys really is just as pointless as it is fun, meaningful if you want it to be, and idiotic to a fault. If you'd like a good eight minute distraction once a week, Sekkou Boys is a great way to waste the time away.
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Posted 3/17/16
Agreed! Though, as a side note, whoever is subbing this on the Crunchyroll team...

Well, they're probably having the time of their life choosing subs that would make this funnier for us Americans x3
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